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Nigel Carrington

Nigel Carrington knighted for services to Higher Education and the Creative Industries

Written by Julie Dark
Published date 08 June 2019

UAL’s Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019. The award is made for his pivotal role in higher education and in the rise of the creative industries since 2008.

The award citation recognises UAL’s sustained growth under his leadership to become a leading global institution in our field and a key part of London’s creative success.

Nigel is also recognised for his sector leadership as founding chairman of Advance HE and as founding director of the Creative Industries Federation, for his extensive charitable activities including chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation, and for his work on official government reviews.

Sir Nigel Carrington said:

“Creative education teaches a way of thinking that is increasingly valuable in the world. It is my privilege to play a part in its success alongside my friends and colleagues at UAL.

David Isaac CBE, Chair of Governors at UAL, said:

“I congratulate Nigel on his achievement. This honour should also be seen as a measure of UAL’s global impact, in which we all play our part as students, staff and governors.”

With 19,000 students, UAL is now ranked Top 2 for Art and Design in QS World University Rankings 2019, a UK Top 30 research institution in REF 2014, Top 40 in the Guardian League Tables 2020, a UK top 10 recruiter of international students, and the UK’s main awarding body in art and design. It is a UK top quartile university by turnover.